Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Not so placid sea

Winslow Homer was an American water colourist around the turn of the 19 th to 20 th century and spent some time in my countryside at Tynemouth. He did several paintings of fishwives working the tideway at Cullercoats which lies on the coast midway twixt Tynemouth and Whitley Bay.

Girl in an apron, yes but not quite in the placid settings I placed my apron girls. Nor is the sea quite the Mediterranean depicted in the last posting. The North Sea is rarely thus. No lingering in the warm sun here. Its do what you came to do and get back in the warm, quick.

I like this work. It has caught the essence of a workaday life in an uncomfortable setting. Homer's subsequent work, on his return to the USA was a little more genteel.

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